"STEM Educator - A Rewarding Career for Science PhDs"


Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00


C016, Lab1


Target Audience: Anybody interested in alternative careers in science​, and/or nature-based education

Session format: Seminar

Speaker: Dr. Katherine Parisky, Associate Head, Birches​ School​

Discussion points:

  • transition from bench scientist to science teacher and administrator in an independent elementary-middle school
  • nature-based education and what does this look like for a Kindergarten to eight Grade school
  • examples of project-driven thematic units in science
  • ways to achieve rigorous, interdisciplinary academics within a mindful nurturing environment


About the Speaker

Dr. Katherine Parisky joined the Birches​ School​ team full-time in the fall of 2015 as Associate Head while continuing as the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Specialist. Previous to this appointment, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow and then a Research Specialist at Brandeis University for nine years. Katherine received her B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Drew University and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from the University of Connecticut Health Center.  Author and editor of many scientific journal publications, Katherine has just finished writing a children's picture book about fruit fly behavior, entitled, Mel Smells!. She has published in Neuron, Journal of Experimental Biology, Nature Neuroscience, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience.  Katherine is focused on seamlessly integrating science into the classroom, using inquiry-based methods that enable young children to tap into the natural scientists that lie within. 


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